Curriculum Vitae of James M. Owston
James Martin Owston, a native of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, is a full-time higher education administrator at Mountain State University. A veteran of the broadcast industry, Dr. Owston has 21 years of college and university teaching experience. Owston and his family reside in Beckley, WV.
Marshall University, Huntington, WV. EdD in leadership studies (2007).
Marshall University, Huntington, WV. EdS in leadership studies (1999).
West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. MA in communication studies, minor in film (1992).
West Virginia Graduate College (now Marshall University), Institute, WV. MA in humanities with a dual emphasis in media and
Kentucky Christian University, Grayson, KY. BTh in Bible/religion with minors in language (Greek &
Hebrew) and communication (1978), Cum Laude.
Kentucky Christian University, Grayson, KY. AB in Bible/religion with minors in Greek and
communication (1977), Cum Laude.
Mountain State University, Beckley, WV. BS in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in
communication and broadcasting (2003).
Mountain State University, Beckley, WV. BS in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in
management of information systems (2003).
West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Graduate credits in educational leadership (1997-1999).
University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. Graduate credits in online curriculum
Marshall University, Huntington, WV. Graduate credits in speech, broadcasting, & journalism
Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS. Undergraduate credits in broadcast meteorology
Blackboard/WebCT Senior Certified Trainer, 2005 (renewed until 2010).
Blackboard CE/VISTA Product Specialist, 2006.
WebCT Certificate in Online Course Development, 2005.
International winner of the 2009 Alice L. Beeman Dissertation Award for Outstanding Research in Communications and Marketing for Educational Advancement from the
Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
National winner of the 2008 Leo and Margaret Goodman-Malamuth Outstanding Dissertation for Research in
Higher Education Administration from the American Association of University Administrators.
Nominee for the 2008 Edgar L. Morphet Outstanding Dissertation Award sponsored by the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration
Nominee for the 2008 Bobby Wright Outstanding Dissertation Award sponsored by the Association for the Study of Higher Education.
Kentucky Christian College, honor medals 1977 & 1978.
Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities, 1976.
Finalist (out of 31 winners) in the following Active Industry Research's Contemporary Hit Radio Music Programming Competitions:
Competition #1 1984 placed tenth in US and awarded $1000 in cash.
Competition #2 1985 placed sixth in US and awarded $1000 in cash.
Competition #4 1986 placed twenty-first in US and awarded $350 prize.
Competition #5 1986 placed tenth in US and awarded $600 prize.
Competition #6 1987 placed second in the US and first among radio programmers; awarded $5000 prize.
Awarded the following Gold and Platinum Record Awards:
Gold 45 — "Stars on 45" from Radio Records, 1981
Platinum LP — Quincy Jones "The Dude" from A & M, 1982
Platinum LP — Dan Fogelberg "The Innocent Age" Full Moon/Epic, 1982
Gold LP — Juice Newton "Quiet Lies" from Capitol, 1982
Gold 45 — Sylvia "Nobody" from RCA 1983
Platinum LP — Quarterflash "Quarterflash" from Geffen, 1983
Gold LP — The Culture Club "Kissing to be Clever" Virgin/Epic, 1983
Platinum LP — Journey "Frontiers" from Nightmare Entertainment, 1983
Platinum LP — Men at Work "Business as Usual" from Columbia, 1983
Platinum LP — Quiet Riot "Metal Health" from Pasha, 1984
Platinum 45 — Bonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse of the Heart" Columbia, 1985
Gold 45 — Cyndi Lauper "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" from Portrait, 1985
Platinum LP — Cyndi Lauper "She's so Unusual" from Portrait, 1985
Gold LP/Cassette — The Hooters "Nervous Night" from Columbia, 1986
Worldwide Sales Award — Wham "Worldwide" from CBS, 1986
Academic Administrative Experience
Mountain State University, 1994 – present. Positions held include:
Dean of Online and Individualized Learning 2009 to the Present.
Senior Academic Officer for Instructional Technology 2006 to 2009.
Associate Vice President for Instructional Technology 2004 to 2006.
Assistant Vice President for Distributed Education 2003 to 2004.
Assistant Vice President for Online Curriculum Development 2001 to 2003.
Assistant Vice President for University Relations 2000 to 2001.
Director of Media Services 1997 to 2000.
Executive Assistant, Office of the President 1994 to 1997.
Mountain State University 1991 – present; Associate Professor (rank granted 2007).
Advanced web design (1998 – 2008).
Business communication and presentation (2004 – 2009).
Electronic presentations (2001 – 2009).
English composition I (2006).
English composition II (1994, 2006).
Fundamentals of computer applications (2006).
Healthcare communication (2003 – 2009).
History of the Civil War (1998).
Human potential (study skills) (1994 – 1999).
Internet essentials (1998 – 2008).
Introduction to human communication (2007-2009).
Introduction to Dreamweaver (2003 – 2007).
Introduction to philosophy (1996 – 1998).
Introduction to public speaking (1991 – 2009).
Introduction to the Internet (1998 – 2008).
Introduction to web design (1998 – 2008).
Medical ethics (2006).
US history 1865 to the present (1993).
Web design practicum (1998 – 2007).
World religions (1998 – 2001).
West Virginia State University 1993 – 1994; adjunct instructor.
Introduction to communication.
Marshall University 1978 – 1980; graduate teaching assistant.
Introduction to speech communication.
Martine Broadcasting: WWNR 1987-1994
Operations Manager 1991-1994
Program Director 1987-1991
Announcer and Production 1987-1994
Thomas Broadcasting: WOAY-FM 1983-1987
Program Director 1984-1987
Announcer and Production 1983-1987
Southern Communications Corporation: WCIR-FM 1981-1983
Assistant Program Director 1982-1983
Music Director 1981-1983
Announcer and Production 1981-1983
Stereo 94, Inc.: WAMX 1978-1980
Announcer and Production
Mortensen Broadcasting: WEMMM 1977-1981
Program Director 1980-1981
Acting Program Director 1979-1980
Announcer and Production 1977-1981
Kentucky Christian College: WKCC 1974-1978
Program Director 1975-1978
Announcer and Production 1974-1978
Board of Directors, Friends of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.
Blackboard Idea Exchange, 2007-2009.
North Central Association Assessment Academy, 2007.
Omicron-Psi (National Nontraditional Student Society).
Alpha Epsilon Rho (National Honorary Broadcasting Society).
Mu Alpha Theta (National High School & Junior College Math Fraternity).
American Association of University Administrators
An Introduction to Online Teaching, The College of West Virginia, Beckley, WV. May 1998. Sole
An Introduction to Online Teaching, West Virginia State College, Institute, WV. May 1998. Sole
Using the Internet as an Effective Research Tool for Graduate Students, The College of West
Virginia, Beckley, WV. July 1998. Sole presenter.
Effective Use of Microsoft Word for Educators, The College of West Virginia, Beckley, WV. October
1999, Sole presenter.
Effective Use of Microsoft Power Point for Educators, The College of West Virginia, Beckley, WV.
November 1999, Sole presenter.
Effective Use of Microsoft Excel for Educators, The College of West Virginia, Beckley, WV. January
2000, Sole presenter.
Video Proposal: The Virtual Nixon Center at Mountain State University. National Endowment for the
Humanities, Washington, DC. May 2002. Written by Twila Kirkpatrick and James M. Owston;
produced and narrated entirely by James M. Owston.
Video Proposal: Extending Mountain State University Campus Operations to Orlando, Florida and
Center Township, Pennsylvania. Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges
and Schools, Chicago, IL. August 2003. Written by Donna Spencer; Narrated by Jonathan Sellards;
Produced and edited by James M. Owston.
Using WebCT and other Electronic Media to Deliver Online Courses in Nurse Anesthesia, Council on
Accreditation, Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Chicago, IL. October 2003. Sole presenter.
Developing the Developers: Experiences from a WebCT Certified Trainers Community; co-presenter
with Lidia D. Haughey-Runkel, Charles W. Cosmato, Cheryl Jordan, Robert I. McDole, and Heather
Untalan. WebCT Impact 2006 Conference, Chicago, IL. July 12, 2006.
Quantitative and Mixed Method Research; co-presenter with Dr. Barbara L. Nicholson. Marshall
University Graduate College Doctoral Student Seminar. October 13, 2007.
Survival of the Fittest? The Rebranding of West Virginia Higher Education. Sole presenter. American Association of University Administrators’ National Assembly 2008. June 2008.
Where are they now? When I am Finished, Then What? Marshall University Graduate College Doctoral Student Seminar. Co-presenter along with Dr. Dixie Billheimer, Dr. Karen Larry, and Dr. Fran Simone. March 14, 2009.
Getting around the Grade Book, Mountain State University Online Faculty Development, Sole presenter. April 4, 2009.
Articles and Publications
“Tax Audits, Root Canals, and Assessment” Mountain State University’s Assessment and
Accreditation Newsletter, Volume 1, Number 2; March 2008.
“Laying the Foundation” The Register-Herald, Mountain State University 75th Anniversary special
insert, May 3, 2008.
IN PROGRESS (with several other authors): "Keepers of the Flame: A Legacy of Leadership at Mountain State University."
IN PROGRESS: "Untangling the Web: Internet Research for the Graduate Student."
IN PROGRESS (with Chris Rasmussen): "From Wilkins to the Wilderness: A History of the Ninth Pennsylvania Reserves."